Eskdale Campsite

UK England North West England Cumbria Eskdale

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
With fields and fells all around, this is a stunning place to camp, and rightly popular with walkers and cyclists on the hunt for some classic Lake District scenery

The Lake District is arguably the most beautiful corner of England. With a combination of picture-perfect villages, sensational lakes and glorious green dales, this remarkable region is surely the perfect retreat for any camper. Described by romantic poet William Wordsworth as “The loveliest spot that man hath found” it’s hard to disagree, especially on a clear Cumbrian day.

Tucked away down a narrow country lane, Eskdale can be found in one of the Lake's more secluded pockets. Run by the ever-friendly Sara and Martyn, the eight acres of flat, well maintained grassland are backed by tall trees with a tranquil stream snaking past.

Upon arrival, you instantly realise Eskdale's facilities have been created with hassle-free camping in mind. Pitch sizes are generous, facilities well-maintained, and the fully-stocked shop is a life saver when you forget your toothbrush!

If you wish to get reacquainted with Mother Nature, then Eskdale’s location couldn’t be better. The site is ideally placed for reaching the impressive Wasdale fells or climbing England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Also right on your doorstep is one of the most beautiful train journeys in England, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. This historic, narrow gauge railway carries passengers along seven miles of spectacular scenery on an unforgettable 40-minute ride.

Eskdale has a cosy, friendly atmosphere and is a genuinely lovely place to camp, in a region with no shortage of great pitchup spots.



Shower/toilet block, laundry room, inside and outside dishwashing areas, pay phone, and drying room. Fully stocked shop selling local produce, ales, camping equipment, and daily essentials. 14ft enclosed trampoline, swings, and a woodland adventure play area.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer-tents, small motorhomes, campervans, groups (please call before booking), and dogs – yes. Caravans ­­­– no.


The list of things to see and do in the Lake District is endless, so here are a couple suggestions that are close to Eskdale. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (01229 717171) is a wonderfully nostalgic way to take in the spectacular scenery. The small, scenic village of Boot is just a few minutes walk away. After crossing the 17th century packhorse bridge, visit one of the very few remaining two-wheel water mills at The Eskdale Mill (019467 23335.) Take the “Millers Tour” and learn about Cumbrian life, its industry and its people. The secluded Japanese Garden at Eskdale Green is one of the jewels in Cumbria’s horticultural crown. Following years of neglect, the garden has been lovingly restored and now displays some vibrant Japanese maples, thickets of bamboo and dainty little bridges. The forest is open to the public and makes a great little walk. For outdoor adventure activities contact West Lakes Adventure, less than a mile away.

Food & Drink

Eskdale has a good choice of places to eat, with plenty of friendly pubs, restaurants and cosy tea rooms all close-by. The Woolpack Inn (01946 723230) is a charming, traditional Cumbrian pub with a contemporary twist. The downstairs dining room has been transformed into a sleek, new eaterie serving gourmet wood-fired pizzas. The recently refurbished Boot Inn (019467 23711) has a varied selection of local cuisine that gives diners a real taste of Cumbria. Fill up on the generously sized “Great British Sunday Lunch” which serves prime cuts of local meat with all the trimmings. Only a short stroll away is the family run, Brook House Inn (019467 23288.) Voted West Cumbria’s pub of the year, this traditional tavern serves fine British food and a wide range of local ales. Onsite catering options are also available.


All year (except February).

The Owner Says

Eskdale Campsite offers a traditional Lakeland camping barn, 10 camping pods and 100 pitches suitable for campervans and tents. Nestled in the beautiful Eskdale valley, on the western side of the Lake District National Park, walkers have direct access to some stunning walks, including England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. Cyclists can enjoy the Eskdale Cycle Trail which takes you to the coastal village of Ravenglass, or, for the more hard core, why not tackle the Hardknott and Wrynose mountain passes ... the steepest in the country? For those that just want to chill, you can take in the spectacular scenery from the La' Ratty Steam Train followed by superb beer and food from any of the 3 Lakeland pubs on the campsite's doorstep.


Contact Eskdale Campsite, Eskdale Campsite, Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TH

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Getting There

From the south - exit M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs to Lakes/Windermere. Take first exit off duel carriage way follow the A590, A5092, and A595 towards Boot. From the north - leave the M6 at Carlisle and follow signs for Cockermouth, then Egremont on the A595. Turn left at Gosforth.Then take the second right to Eskdale Green. Stay on this road until the King George IV pub, before turning left towards Boot.

Please note: Following Sat Nav from junction 36 will take you over Wrynose and Hardknott Mountain passes ... not for the faint hearted! Unsuitable for campervans / motorhomes or trailers.

There is no public transport in the Eskdale Valley. The West Coast mainline runs train services from Ravenglass to Oxenholme the Lake District and Carlisle. Connection to this service can be made using the La'al Ratty Ravenglass and Eskdale railway (500m from the campsite).


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